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Concord Weekly Update - April 27, 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018

Did you know?
Did you know you can be part of this weekend's City Nature Challenge and help Cabarrus County compete with communities across the globe in identifying local species? Find out more at concordnc.gov or inaturalist.org.

TOMORROW: National Prescription Take Back Day
The City of Concord continues its partnership with other local entities in support of the DEA's National Prescription Take Back Day on April 28. Several local businesses are offering the opportunity to dispose unwanted, unused, and expired medications in a safe and secure way. Visit any of the following locations from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on April 28: Moose Professional Pharmacy (270 Copperfield Boulevard NE #101); Cannon Pharmacy (760 Cabarrus Avenue W); Concord Pharmacy and Surgical Supply (3497 US Highway 601 S); West Cabarrus YMCA (5325 Langford Avenue NW). This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, find out more and RSVP on our nextdoor event. To locate the various permanent drop box locations in Cabarrus County please visit lockyourmeds.org/nc/cabarrus.

Phillip Graham named Transportation Director
City Manager Lloyd Payne has named Phillip Graham as Concord's next Transportation Director effective May 1. Graham has worked for the City of Concord since 2008 and succeeds retired Transportation Director Joe Wilson. The Transportation Department is responsible for engineering, planning, project inspection, preventive maintenance, and repair of City streets, curb and gutter, sidewalk, bridges, and traffic control infrastructure.

"Phillip is a dedicated member of our Transportation team and an emerging leader in our organization," said Payne. "His professional background and calm confidence are among the many qualities that make him the right person to lead our Transportation Department and the essential services they provide to community members and visitors."

Graham has been serving as interim Transportation Director since November 2017. He began his career with the City of Concord in 2008 as Staff Engineer and has progressed through various positions within the Transportation Department, most recently as Deputy Director. Learn more at concordnc.gov.

We are working to create a more connected Concord, and you can help
Do you want more safe places to bike, walk, and run? Would you like Concord to be more connected? Let your voice be heard at the Open Space Connectivity Analysis public workshops on Wednesday, May 2 and Thursday, May 3. The workshops are kicking off a study is to identify feasible and constructible bicycle and pedestrian routes along stream corridors, through open spaces, and along roads to create a more connected Concord. For more information on the workshops and overall process, or to contribute your thoughts online, visit concordnc.gov.

Be a tourist at home with the 2018-19 Cabarrus County Destination Guide
The Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau has released the updated 2018-19 Destination Guide filled with fun activities for visitors and locals. In addition to helpful resources included in years past, the 18-19 Guide features an enhanced video experience through augmented reality technology. Users can access exclusive videos and “meet the crews” of Cabarrus County, NC by using the Visit Cabarrus app (available on iTunes or Google Play). Released quarterly, each of the four covers builds on the “People of Cabarrus” concept introduced last year by highlighting four groups of people who aid visitors in making memories in Cabarrus County—Thrill Seekers, Foodies, Creators, and Tastemakers. Packed with information and inspiration, the 76-page publication is a free, comprehensive resource to the county’s attractions, lodging and shopping options, full-service restaurants, historical sites, sports and recreation facilities, and more. To request a copy or to view it online now, go to visitcabarrus.com. The Guide is also available at the Cabarrus County Visitor's Center, major Cabarrus attractions, participating restaurants, and in all Cabarrus County hotels.

Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office relocates to The Old Creamery
This week, Cabarrus County's CTW gives you a first look of the new home to the Cabarrus County Veterans Services Office. The County's Veterans Services Department has relocated to The Old Creamery complex at 363 Church Street N, Suite 180 in Concord. The County selected the site for its first-floor, corner location and convenient accessible parking options. It's located across the breezeway from the Cabarrus County Board of Elections Office, which includes a community room that will serve both departments. Take a tour of the new space in this week's episode of CTW, or visit cabarruscounty.us to find out more about the Veterans Services Department.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

ParkRx: take a stroll on Sunday afternoon
Tired of the rain keeping you cooped up inside? Celebrate National ParkRx Day by strolling with us this Sunday afternoon (April 29) at the Hector H. Henry Greenway at Moss Creek. We'll make nature bracelets and identify some cool plants and insects along the way! National ParkRx Day is a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health, so get some physical activity in with us! Get social on the Concord Parks and Recreation Facebook Page or call 704-920-5600 for more details.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

May
8 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
9 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
10 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
15 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office